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After losing his first three career races, 2-year-old colt Sabercat has now evened things up by winning three in a row. He broke his maiden in September at Monmouth and then took the Garden State there. The third came this past Saturday at Delta Downs as the colt won the $1 million Delta Jackpot by four lengths ahead of Basmati. It was no easy victory, however.

Sabercat was slammed out of the gate by Dougs Buddy causing jockey Gerard Melancon to slow him down to give him time to regroup. He then fought through traffic to finally take the lead down the stretch and finish the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.62 on a fast track. Sabercat paid $18, $8.20 and $5.60.

The win gave trainer Steve Asmussen his first Delta Jackpot victory and came a day after he became only the fifth trainer in North American history to win his 6,000th race. Perhaps more importantly, the win gave Sabercat enough graded stakes earnings that he is now a likely Kentucky Derby candidate come May. That’s great news after the colt missed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile due to colic but now seems to be hitting his stride and ready for the Run for the Roses.